Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.— Rep. David Valadao (@RepDavidValadao) January 13, 2021
One California Republican broke with his party on Wednesday and voted to impeach President Donald Trump over his encouragement last week of a mob that overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol.
Newly elected Republican Rep. David Valadao of Hanford was one of the 10 GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives who joined Democrats voting to impeach the president, bringing the final vote to 232 to 197.
Valadao said Trump was “without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on Jan. 6” when pro-Trump activists broke into the Capitol and drove lawmakers from their chambers as they met to certify election results.
Valadao criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, for rushing the process and not allowing more time for hearings on impeachment. He said she had reduced impeachment to “a political stunt.” But he still felt he had to vote to impeach.